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Massage Therapy Program

Are you looking for a new career where you can help people in a meaningful way? The therapeutic benefits of massage therapy and bodywork are widely recognized. Documentation on the effects of massage show that it improves circulation can help heal sports injuries, alleviate stress, headaches and other aches and pains. Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues to aid in the general wellness of clients. 

Community College of Philadelphia’s Massage Therapy program meets the Commonwealth’s requirements for massage therapy training and state licensure program. Students will gain the required knowledge and competencies necessary for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). The MBLEx is governed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and is designed to provide a standard examination for students of Massage for entry-level professional scope of practice in gaining licensure.

CCP’s Massage Therapy program provides 604 hours of in-class (didactic and clinical) instruction that meets the Pennsylvania State Laws and Requirements in the following areas:

  • Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology, including training in the human immunodeficiency virus and related risks
  • Massage therapy and bodywork assessment, theory and practice including sanitation, safety and hygiene
  • Professional ethics, business and law related to a massage therapy business
  • Required contact hours in related courses appropriate to a massage therapy curriculum including cardiopulmonary resuscitation

How long are classes?

This program will complete within 23 weeks (604 + 46 clinic hours hours).

Additional clinical hours require hands on practice that occurs outside of regularly scheduled class time. This will take place on designated days following the successful completion of Basic Massage training.

“The Massage Therapy program at the Community College of Philadelphia is unlike no other! This program is for you if you enjoy learning, challenging yourself, and are looking to improve the lives of others. As you begin your transition from student to massage therapist, it is truly a blessing to be surrounded by a supportive team who want nothing more than to see you succeed. Whether it be on your best of days or the most challenging of days, the faculty and staff are with you from start to finish. With them in my corner, I feel I can achieve anything and that is an experience everyone deserves.”
– Andrew, Massage Therapy Program

Job Outlook *

  • Employment is projected to grow 22 percent from 2018 to 2028
  • Growth is much higher than the average for all occupations
  • Increase in demand for these services will lead to new openings

*U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Work Environment

  • Massage therapists work in array of settings, including spas, franchised clinics, physicians’ offices, hotels and fitness centers. Some massage therapists are self-employed.



  • Cost: $7,900 
  • Payment plans available
    • Uniforms (scrubs) are required and must be purchased prior to the course

      Can I Receive Financial Aid for this program?
      The Massage Therapy program is eligible for financial aid. Students who wish to apply for financial aid at Community College of Philadelphia need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA form is free, so there's no reason not to apply. 

      FAFSA is the required application for state, federal and institutional financial aid. This includes grants, scholarships, and loans. 

      When do I need to submit my FAFSA?
      If you are interested in the Fall 2021 class, please submit your 2021-22 FAFSA application now.  Visit the college’s Financial Aid page for additional steps to apply for financial aid.

      Noncredit Program Refund Policy
      Refunds for noncredit programs will be granted if the class is canceled or if you withdraw no later than the day before the first class. Refunds are not available after class begins. 

    Get Started Now

    Prospective participants must hold a high school diploma or GED; have proficiency in English (reading, writing, and speaking skills), be at least eighteen (18) years of age, and have a clean criminal record (undergo a criminal background check; convictions that may constitute grounds to refuse issue of license); complete a child abuse history clearance), CPR Certification, and have a general physical examination including a test for Tuberculosis. 

    Registration deadline is four weeks prior to the start of class.  Registered students must have all documentation completed and uploaded to Electronic Forms prior the registration deadline. Email with questions or to request more information. 

    Register for Health and Wellness information session on July 29, 2021 | 12 – 1 p.m.

    Course Dates and Times

    Date and Times Location Course Cost/Fees Register

    Fall 2021 - Daytime 

    Monday - Friday
    Sept. 7, 2021 –
    Feb. 24, 2022
    9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    (1 hour lunch break)

    (No class Nov. 25 - 26, Thanksgiving; Dec. 20 - Jan 17, Winter Break)

    (Last day of class ends at 4 p.m.)

    In-Person Class

    Northeast Regional Center


    *This section is full. The waitlist for Fall 2021 Daytime section is full.

    Fall 2021 - Evening

    Monday - Thursdays & select Saturdays

    Monday – Thursday
    Sept. 7, 2021 –
    July 13, 2022
    5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    (1/2 hour break)

    And (8) Saturdays
    Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Dec. 11, Jan. 29, Feb. 26, Mar. 26, Apr. 23 
    9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    (1 hour lunch break) 

    (No class Nov. 25 - 26, Thanksgiving; Dec. 20 - Jan 17, Winter Break; May 30; July 4)

    In-Person Class

    Northeast Regional Center


    The Fall 2021 Evening section is full.

    Apply Now to be added to the Waitlist for Fall 2021 Evening section. 

    *Registration and all documentation must be submitted by Aug. 7, 2021.

    Spring 2022 - Daytime 

    Monday - Friday*
    Feb. 28, 2022 –
    Aug. 22, 2022
    9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    (1 hour lunch break)

    (*Classes will take place Mon. - Thurs. from May 16 - Aug 22, 2022.)

    (No class Mar. 7 - 11, Spring Break; May 9 - 13, 2022, Summer Break)

    (Last day of class ends at 4 p.m.)

    In-Person Class

    Northeast Regional Center

    $7,900 Click here if you're interested in the Spring 2022 Massage Therapy Program

     Course Hours: 604 + 46 Clinic Hours 

     Please begin your FAFSA application now.